Las Vegas, NV — “That’s exactly the fight I visualized,” Jason Witt exclaimed following his UFC Vegas 33 victory over Bryan Barberena, a grueling affair that ended in a majority decision. “Not that I wanted to go through it, but that’s what I visualized the fight being like.”
A crazy third round had Witt (19-7) joking that “I don’t want to talk about it,” but he did, revealing that coach James Krause advised ahead of the final five minutes that “I don’t give a sh*t if you make this the most boring round in the entire world, I just want you to win.”
Win he did, getting the nod on two of three scorecards, with the third coming in as a draw. While he doesn’t remember a lot of the fight, Witt admitted that it “was definitely a whirlwind of emotion, for sure.”
In terms of what comes next, after such a frantic affair, “I haven’t really thought about that one just yet, but I’d love to fight before the end of the year at least,” Witt said. A couple of months feels right to Witt, who is hoping to pick up one of the $50,000 bonuses — Fight of the Night, he believes.
Following the bout, Witt called for a fight with fellow rising welterweight Max Griffin. Why Griffin? Witt told Cageside Press that “I watched his last fight, and I thought it looked fun. I thought it was going to be a fun fight for me.”
“I don’t call out people, I’m not a person who watches people like ‘aww I’d like to fight that fighter,'” he continued. “I thought it looked like a fun fight for me, he has a good name, he’s leaving himself out there, and I feel like we’re kind of on the same path, we’re both trying to get up there, and that’s just a fight that looked fun for me.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 33 post-fight press scrum with Jason Witt above.